Disability Burnout is Real
Left unchecked, disability burnout can completely take over your life.
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Disability burnout is a state of physical or emotional exhaustion caused by or made worse by a disability. Symptoms include:
- feelings of exhaustion
- inability or difficulty in focusing or prioritizing
- exacerbation of one’s underlying health conditions
- creation of new, co-morbid health conditions (clinical depression, for example, that accompanies a physical disability)
Disability burnout can involve a sense of reduced accomplishment and can also have a seriously detrimental effect an individual’s physical or mental health. It is an insidious condition that can happen slowly, over a long period of time. But the consequences can be life-altering, which is why it’s important to spot the signs of disability burnout early.
There are many ways disability burnout can occur. These are just a few, and is not intended to be a completely exhaustive list.
With overload burnout, an “overload” of something — hinders or blocks people from achieving their definition of success. People end up working harder and frantically to achieve their goals. Overload can come from several sources, including:
- Personal/family drama
- Health problems
Trying to hide a disability
More than 70 % of disabilities are invisible. And those individuals have the option of trying to hide their status. Many choose to, especially in countries where there is a significant stigma and lack of legal protection for people with disabilities. But, hiding a disability comes with a price.